Generally speaking, Nintendo has been quite revolutionary during the past generation, but with Super Mario's 25th anniversary upon us, it has shown me that Nintendo plays it too safe with their characters.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Kirby's Epic Yarn are two very innovative games on the horizon! I hope Pikmin 3 delivers a surprise too...
It really is. Epic yarn is the most original game i've seen since pikmin. But how about some new IPs, nintendo. So many recent nintedo games have been revivals or revamps (punch-out,other m,etc). They need to at least make one new franchise in the coming years.
Why do they need originality? They have 2D platforming to cut-n-paste to the masses. All they need to do for new themes for their games is visit the local craft store... paper, yarn, bean-filled sacs... oh wait not that one... Honestly, although their 2D platform themes are cute... they're not really that original. I would argue that, while some of the neat gimmicks in SMG, Super Paper Mario, and even Epic Yarn are cool gameplay gimmicks, they don't really represent anything overly creative. They are fun, however. Nintendo thrives on selling games to kids and families -- they don't really need to push the originality boundary much to impress their audience. They just need their games to be colorful and fun. In a sense, Nintendo is something of a digital toy company -- and you don't see Mattel trying to dethrone Barbie with new toy lines all the time, do you? Until some competing character threatens Mario as the new favorite for kids everywhere (like Sonic once did.. sort of), Nintendo won't risk harming him, or his minions, with another new character, unless there's competition from outside. I bet most can't even remember the name of the captain from Pikmin -- because Nintendo intentionally didn't give him any serious character.
Did they announce anything at TGS?
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